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|04-02-2012, 05:34 PM||#1|
'95 XLT 4x4
Join Date: Mar 2009
Goodbye power antenna (and good riddance)
I've been rolling around with this broken power antenna eyesore for years, and since I don't like power antennas anyway, I decided to replace it with a generic 3' black antenna.
I didn't feel like driving out the the junkyard, so I just figured I'd take a chance with one of these cheap universal mount ones. I chose this antenna from Autozone, I think it cost me $12 or so: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...er=545534_0_0_
Popped off the trim bezel around the antenna.
Removed the nut on the power antenna at the top and pulled out the mast.
Removed the RF wheel/tire, pulled back the inner fender trim, removed the power antenna motor and bracket.
In order to get everything looking factory, I decided to use the stock plate to mount the new antenna to the fender... but I had to trim it up a bit to make it work. 10 minutes with the dremel and it fits just right.
I could have just gone to the store and bought a male/male coupler for the antenna cable, but I didn't really feel like going anywhere. So...
Cut the factory antenna cable and motor wires in the passenger floor.
Capped the motor leads and stashed them.
Ran the new cable through the grommet in the passenger floor.
Routed it up behind the glove compartment, removed the center dash bezel, and plugged it into the back of my nav unit.
Here's the result. Now I have the long one I always wanted.
Now if I ever feel the need to go stubby, I can pick one up from autozone for $8 and screw it right on.
1995 XLT 4dr 4.0L 4x4
|04-02-2012, 09:09 PM||#2|
1996 Eddie Bauer AWD V8
Join Date: Jun 2011
I wish you would have posted this before I went to the junk yard on Thursday, I was having a hell of a time trying to get the non power antenna out, then I broke something, and gave up. Now, I know, thanks for the great pictures.
Martha, My 1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition
Upgrades coming along nicely...
-Alpine stereo, with Alpine Doorspeakers and MTX Subs
-15x7 Cragar Soft 8's, On Hankook 235/75R15 Tires
-Upgraded CB Radio soon(Radio Shack Special now)
-POR 15 undercoat(Summer Project)
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